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August 2, 2012
THE ship's company of HMAS Anzac
said goodbye to family and friends
before she weighed anchor and set
sail on a six-month Operation Slipper
More than 250 family, friends and
special guests gathered at Fleet Base
East on July 14 to farewell Anzac on her
third trip to Op Slipper.
CO Anzac CMDR John Stavridis
thanked family and friends for their
support during the work-up.
"The crew has worked tirelessly dur-
ing the past five months to ensure we
are prepared for this important deploy-
ment," he said.
"We have already spent many long
hours apart from our loved ones.
"On behalf of my ship's company,
I would like to thank you for your sup-
port during our preparation and
I ask for your continued
during our deployment."
Guests were treate
a chocolate mud cake
enough to feed 200 p
Made in the shape of An
the cake took two day
make, spanned 1.2m
length and weighed
incredible 65kg. The c
was paid for by a comb
tion of the ship's wel
fund and a donation.
Boarding party me
ber ABCIS Jade Lancast
wore a special WWI Arm
uniform at the depart
to symbolise the ship's
"All through my tr
ing I've had instructor
mentors building me up
challenge of an operat
deployment, where I
demonstrate my skills
qualifications in the r
world," she said.
"I feel that I'm ready for anything."
ABCIS Lancaster said the boarding
party boasted quite a few highly expe-
rienced members who had been mentor-
ing her and other rookies about what to
"There are a nu mber of 'big broth-
ers' who have helped me prepare for this
challenge, which is getting more excit-
ing with every passing day," she said.
Deputy supply officer and board-
ing party officer LEUT Andy Thorpe
is returning to Op Slipper for the first
time since 2010 when he was the RAN
liaison officer in Bahrain.
"Quality training as well as safety
and risk mitigation are important to
everything we will do," he said.
"Sea training group provided us
excellent unit readiness evaluation and
mission readiness evaluation in prepara-
tion for the deployment. The aim is that
we do our job as professionally as we
a safe environment."
er MEAO veteran, POAVT
eaman, with a team of 12
s, will perform maintenance
16SQN Seahawk that will
rhead Anzac's anti-piracy
ols and surveillance opera-
"This is my first Gulf trip,
I did Op Sumatra Assist in
05 so my main expectation
hat we get the job done but
e home safe," he said.
"My support crews' big-
st challenge will be man-
ng daily maintenance as
as unscheduled mainte-
in a range of challenging
is is the 29th rotation of
vy ship since September
Anzac will relieve HMAS
FAREWELL: HMAS Anzac departs Fleet Base East in Sydney Harbour.
Photo: POIS Phillip Hunt
HISTORY: ABCIS Jade
Lancaster dressed in WWI
uniform. Photo: ABIS Dove Smithett
ON DUTY: SMNCIS Kieren Hawke, LEUT Andy Thorpe, ABCIS Jade Lancaster and LSSTD Steward
Daryl Ponder are part of the ship's boarding party.
Photo: LSIS Brenton Freind
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